Heroes Coffee roasts, blends, and brews gourmet coffees from around the globe, giving back whenever possible by sharing profits with humanitarian organizations. The shop's artisan roasts fill mugs with flavors that range from light, citrusy notes to dark, brooding cowbell solos. Monin syrups and sauces transform lattes into potable sweets, and Dr. Smoothie wares infuse smoothies with luscious fruits, such as pineapples, mangoes, and blackberries. In addition to serving its coffee drinks at its own retail shops, Heroes Coffee fortifies other cafés with Astoria espresso machines, paper cups, and shot-put-ready airpots.
Owned and operated solely by cake cognoscente Mandi Fritz, The Cake Truffle Store churns out delectable, handmade cake creations dipped in scrumptious coatings to match any personality or occasion. Fill rumbling tummies with tantalizing treats available in nine flavors including chocolate chip, walnut praline, and White Wedding––made with the charming flavors of vanilla and almond. Or, savor specialty truffle flavors such as the Colombian chocolate or Doggy Truffles, made with organic chunky peanut butter and honey. Any request of palate-approved confections are made to order, personally packaged, and can also be shipped to anywhere in the U.S. or delivered for free to Springfield, Ozark, and Nixa. Orders can be placed over the phone, online, or by peg-legged carrier pigeons.
On the inside of Tahyani and Alexis Perdomo's cakes, there are really no surprises: locally sourced eggs, flour, sugar, and butter come together to form fresh, made-from-scratch treats. On the outside, though, those same cakes are anything but ordinary, as they sport three-dimensional designs that range from popular cartoons to small-scale football stadiums. The idea came to Tahyani and Alexis in 2008 after they were unable to find the perfect Finding Nemo?themed cake for their son's party. After trying to grow the dessert by planting birthday candles in their garden, they finally decided to make their own in the kitchen. They're fun and realistic design earned them glowing reviews from the parents in attendance, persuading them to start their own business. Today, the batter-sculpting duo dispatches 100% personalized cake products across the Ozarks for any occasion, crafting custom designs such as beer kegs, planets, or characters from movies and 19th-century Harlequin romance novels.
Named both for the bakery's 21 flavors and as a nod to the owners' son, who has Down syndrome—a disorder stemming from an extra copy of the 21st chromosome—TwentyOne Cakes crafts confections of every size within its sky-and-toffee-hued café. The lineup of seasonal flavors, such as german chocolate, gingerbread, and maple bacon, takes on colorful frosting and chatty personalities as it transforms into full cakes, three sizes of cupcakes, and bite-size cake balls. The eatery's brigade of tables mingles with a pair of comfy armchairs to give patrons respite during sugar comas, and free WiFi keeps brains busy in between sips of coffee or tea. As part of the company's mission to bring acceptance and awareness of individuals with Down syndrome, 10 percent of each purchase at TwentyOne Cakes goes to benefit Down Syndrome Group of the Ozarks.
Sausage rolls, savory meat pies, and lamingtons—chocolate-dipped and coconut-dusted sponge cake—are a few of the treats available at Walkabout Coffee Shop, a café dedicated to authentic Australian snacks and culture. The spot's friendly baristas also brew single-origin coffees, blend smoothies, and concoct specialty lattes and mochas. Aboriginal-influenced decor lends the coffeehouse a funky, relaxed ambiance, and musicians fill the space with their melodies during open-mic nights.
The scent of freshly baked biscuits, peppery gravy, and fried potatoes waft out of Republic Cafe’s kitchen 24 hours a day. Like the red, white, and blue of the French flag, the diner's housemade breakfasts pay homage to Americana, especially the country-fried skillet—a mound of hashbrowns topped with sautéed peppers and onions, cubes of country-fried steak, two eggs, and country gravy. Comfort-food classics populate the lunch menu as well, which stars BLTs, chicken-fried chicken, and open-faced beef sandwiches floating in a pool of savory, brown gravy.